ANC risks losing 'born free' voters

2013-01-28 14:38

Johannesburg - When Nelson Mandela and the ANC dreamt of a future after apartheid, they probably imagined someone like Fulufhelo Davhana, a young black who has seen the doors of opportunity opened wide and is destined for achievement.

But Davhana, a 23-year-old accounting student at the University of Johannesburg's Soweto Campus, is dreaming of a future when the ANC elders who ended white minority rule no longer call the shots.

"Our current leaders don't understand about the 'born free' generation because they are still stuck in the past," he said.

Those born after apartheid ended in 1994 and have lived only under democracy, can vote for the first time in presidential elections next year and could begin reshaping politics in Africa's largest economy.

Many older people still feel grateful to the ANC for winning their freedom, ensuring the party unbroken power for the past two decades.

However, the "born frees" are not as swayed by history as their elders, and studies show that most people reaching the minimum voting age of 18 have no party allegiance.

With youth unemployment double the national average at about 50%, they instead want to hold the ANC under President Jacob Zuma accountable for the rampant corruption and bureaucratic incompetence that even the party admits are undermining its governance.

A TV advertising campaign this month by FNB has stoked the conflict.

It shows teenagers speaking hopefully of their future but criticising the ANC for being stuck in the past and unwilling to fix current problems.

"We need to stop relying on government and rely on ourselves," one student said.

"The government is only thinking for themselves. I'm from a rural area and the government doesn't see what's happening," said another.

Some members of the 101-year-old ANC accused FNB of treason and sending messages that were "disrespectful to elders".

The chief executive of FNB's parent, financial group FirstRand, met the ANC on Friday to clear the air.

While the meeting took the heat out of their row, the generational divide will only grow in importance.

It could transform elections which the ANC has become used to winning with the support of voters thankful that it ended the system of racial oppression.

South Africa is a young country: About 40% of the population was born after 1994.

Nearly two million born frees can vote next year, when Zuma is likely to seek re-election.

This is a relatively small percentage of the 23 million-strong electorate.

However, the born frees will make up about a third of voters by 2019, when the following presidential election is due, according to census and election data.

What’s to be worried about?

Zuma says he is unconcerned.

"The overwhelming percentage of South Africa is very young so it is this very population that is joining the ANC, which is voting [for] the ANC, so we don't have a worry," he told Reuters last week.

The numbers tell a different story. Nearly 75% of South Africans aged 20 to 29 did not vote in 2011 elections for local posts, according to electoral data and studies by government-affiliated groups, far more than in other age groups.

People in that age group were more likely to have taken part in violent street protests against the local ANC than to have voted for the ruling party, studies showed.

Zuma, a 70-year-old Zulu traditionalist, who has called for young ANC members to obey their elders, has looked to older voters for support in rural areas instead of the young blacks flocking to the cities.

Last year he told parliament he was worried about black people "who become too clever" because they could become the sharpest critics of African tradition and culture.

Such comments have stirred up storms on social media but while the young voters may not like Zuma, so far they appear to be withholding their votes from any leader.

Many hope the ANC will start serving their interests better and are not flocking to the main DA, which is trying to woo young blacks and shed its image as the party of white privilege.

"We are tired of being told 'we are going to change this and we are going to change that'. If implementation starts, then that is where a party will get my vote," said Davhana.

Time bomb or economic boom

According to the Reconciliation Barometer, an annual survey published for more than a decade that tracks the views of young adults, the born free generation is optimistic, confident the economy will grow and distrustful of current leaders.

"[The] findings also point to a disconnect and a rising cynicism between younger South Africans, the born free generation, and this country's past," it said.

ANC governments have made great strides in bringing new schools, housing and running water to the impoverished millions.

But they have also set up a labour market ranked as one of the world's most rigid where it is difficult for young people to land a job.

A study by the South African Institute of Race Relations said about half of today's youth faced a lifetime of unemployment.

The born frees have been described as a ticking time bomb, needing massive social grants that could bankrupt the country, if the tide is not turned on unemployment.

But if the power of the generation is harnessed, it could pay an enormous demographic dividend.

The generation marks a temporary bulge in the birth rate two decades ago, and the growing numbers of young will have a proportionately declining population of elderly to support. This means SA could avoid the problems of an ageing population that many Western countries experience - provided the young can find work.

"We have so many young people in the country who are more educated than there were previously and don't have the same burden of older people to support," said Sharlene Swartz, a director at the Human Sciences Research Council.

"The population level beneath them is dropping and this could lead to a huge economic growth spurt for the country."

Back at the University of Johannesburg campus in Soweto, near where students rose against the apartheid government in the 1970s, Wendy Langa, 21, is studying to become an entrepreneur.

"It is empowering to know that South Africa is born free and there is no more struggling. We need to focus more on education and making this country a better place," she said.

Langa said she would vote next year "not for what a party did in its past, but what it will do in the future".

  • julian.booyens - 2013-01-28 14:46

    Please let there be light at the end of the tunnel

      surfing.sam.9 - 2013-01-28 14:49

      Maybe, check how the anc changes the voting age to 24. lol

      eva.walle.75 - 2013-01-28 14:56

      Or they'll rig the votes. They'll do anything to stay in power.

      colin.shephard.125 - 2013-01-28 15:32

      As the saying goes, you can't fool all of the people all of the time

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-28 15:37

      ANC Africans Nationalize Corruption will not last beyond 2019 when the new government can start prosecuting "Showerhead" and his inner circle for corruption and theft of state resources................

      de.stig.9 - 2013-01-28 16:33

      Slow transformation, do we really have born free out there?

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2013-01-28 17:18

      There is a light at the end of the tunnel, it is with regret that I have to inform you it is only the ANC/SACP gravy train with it's lights on bright.

      tsepo.mdlalose - 2013-01-30 08:42

      We just have to keep in mind that when the ANC is beaten fair and square (and it will happen) they will not give over power and will probably turn to the same dictatorship tactics as zim. I hope we can all stand together to not let that happen.

  • christiana.vespucci - 2013-01-28 14:46

    "Zuma says he'd unconcerned". Er okay. Than why the bunker?

      christiana.vespucci - 2013-01-28 14:47

      Meant "he's"

      John - 2013-01-28 14:51

      And "Then"

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 14:51

      He must want to play golf

      virginia.barker.37 - 2013-01-28 15:40

      Because he has no backbone, its only a broomstick holding him upright at the moment.

      liana.loots - 2013-01-28 16:30

      he read 'Mein Kampf' and promptly build one

  • John - 2013-01-28 14:49

    The Born Free's are our only hope that this country will be saved from the grip of the ANC.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-01-28 15:07

      When election times comes, they will vote for the ANC, the ANC made sure they keep the hate alive.

      John - 2013-01-28 15:12

      Johan....don't let us keep the hate alive too.....lets give the Born Free's some benefit of the doubt that they can make the change - the future belongs to them.....

      Xavier7034 - 2013-01-28 15:37

      I mentor many "born free's" and my take is that they have a totally different view of the future of our country. There are plenty of rising Obama's there.

      hugh.olphart - 2013-01-29 12:55

      @Johan, I have a young ward, doing grd 12 now. He and his friends, all great kids question and ridicule the current government. They get to vote next year, and hold no allegiance to the ANC. I can see the shift coming, but Godzille needs to step aside. That will bring the older voters in too. She does sadly carry the face of the past, even if unwarranted. My opinion though.

  • Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 14:51

    You can only pull the wool over someones eyes for so long, then they start seeing the real picture.

  • Frik Vermeulen - 2013-01-28 14:51

    We must all be free. I am not against ANC, but they have to come to party now with better leaders for us to support. Even the youth are having doubts.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 16:26

      Maybe the ANC should stop making empty promises and get rid of crime and corruption

      themba.thwala.775 - 2013-01-28 18:32

      Killbot, you are expecting criminals to get rid of crime? Lower your expectations just a little bit more

  • tholakele.mngadi.3 - 2013-01-28 14:52

    It is either I'm very dumb or the person who wrote this article is more dumber than the dumbest person or they have a hidden agenda. How does a 23 year old qualify to be called a 'born-free'? This is very cheap politicking, NEWS24 some of us can see through you.

      vluiz - 2013-01-28 15:00

      I'm going with option A.

      indianajohn - 2013-01-28 15:07

      Option A is indeed the correct answer.

      Bobby - 2013-01-28 15:08

      The ANC and others were unbanned in 1990, hailing the end of apartheid rule. I also don't think that being 4 at the first general elections would make you a 'non born free'?

      salack.mulweyi - 2013-01-28 15:13

      At least not all of us have been swayed by DA propaganda in modern C schools, thanks Tholakele for using your brain, may your type of thinking be extended to our so called born free who are being targeted for modern slavery. Thanks again.

      talana.malherbe - 2013-01-28 15:23

      You know Tholakele and Salack, you don't have to vote DA but at least speak up about this country's people and resources that are being abused. You and your children are being robbed as long as you choose to accept and stay quiet about it.

      Xavier7034 - 2013-01-28 15:39

      @slack - bit confused - what is a "modern C" school please?

      clive.pops.5 - 2013-01-28 15:47

      The irony Xavier7034, oh the irony

      Clintleeh - 2013-01-28 15:50

      @salack - I have witnessed modern day slavery. Do you know who is the fore runner of this. The current government. Let me tell you why. Because they promise you work, they ask you to do work for them which you do. You ask to get paid and then they tell you there is no money - YOU have to wait close to 4 months to a year. Meanwhile your family is suffering, you cant put food on your table and pretty soon you see things like billion rand upgrades and flashy new ministerial cars and extravagant parties and no text books and higher electricity and......then you start to realize as your bisiness gets liquidated and you lose everything while you sit with your sick child that has a lung infection at a governement hospital for hours and hours being ignored and then waiting a little bit more that THIS must be modern day slavery. That THIS is not what the Biko's, Mandela's and all those people that fought so hard had in mind when they invisioned a free South Africa. THIS cant be as good as it gets because we can lie to each other all we want, but at the end of the day things get worse. Corruption gets worse and millions of rands that could uplift poverty and MODERN SLAVERY is devirted to "security upgrades" and "arms deals" and "e toll" and so forth. You have no idea what modern slavery means and the worse is you dont even realize that a vast majority of South African's live with this could and hard reality day in and day out. Modern slavery - our current leaders makes it a reality.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-29 07:20

      VERY DUMB IS THE CONSENSUS................

      timothy.tanzer.5 - 2013-01-29 09:49

      @tholakele um... lol... check how often voting occurs.. so yes option A it is.

      salack.mulweyi - 2013-01-29 10:14

      @Xavier7034 - sorry my brother my engrish is not good, I meant model C, hope that desolves your confusion. @talana.malherbe - I beg to differ, I think we must talk about the abusers instead of people and the resources. @Clintleeh - I won't waste time about the current government because they are just mere workers for the criminals who designed and gave these junior thugs, you call CURRENT GOVERNMENT, a plan which is the root cause of all the non issues that you are winning about. Here I am talking about the MODERN SLAVERY that is called ECONOMICS which its purpose is to keep the previously SUPERIOR in that position and the previously enslaved in that position also, so whether you want/love/hate ANC or DA is not an issue because they both get their funding from the same source whose intention it to keep this sick condition continuing simple because it put a food in the table of its kids.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-29 11:23

      Tholakele.mnagadi.3. He was five years old at that time, grew up and can think for himself. Isn't that telling you something?. Friend you can't see through a clean window. Playtime is over.

  • alan.jerrold - 2013-01-28 15:01

    The simple facts are that 1) the ANC have dismally failed in providing decent education for SA's Black kids 2)Their closing of technikons and training colleges has severely limited opportunities for SA's young people to acquire more skills 3)Every day brings a new scandal which reveals how ANC ministers have stolen hundreds of millions for their own ends (hundreds of billions since 1994) 4)Today's youth are not so inclined to follow the dictates of their 'elders' - especially someone with limited education like Zuma. 5) Rigorous laws - promoted by a dinosaur SACP - prevent companies from taking on apprentices, further contributing to unemployment. And today's youth have the benefits of social media, so they are becoming more and more aware of the disastrous failures - not to mention fraud - perpetrated by so many ANC leaders. A new day is coming, when people of all races are elected on ability not because they are 'struggle cadres.' Roll on that day, for the sake of us all but especially the youth of SA. - 2013-01-29 15:52

      So true, I was lecturing at a design college in Durban that was closed down at the end of last year. All protocols were followed, all audits and health inspections and educators cleared. A branch of the institution still operates in Milan, Italy but was shut down here for reasons that were all too unclear on the part of the department of higher education. I saw the amazing results we were yielding and had the tears of a hundred students on my shoulders when we told them they could no longer continue with us.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-28 15:07

    The born free must be wake up for the ANC tricks. Zuma and the ANC is not worried about them now but things will change two months before our next elections. This will be the only time they will visit the youth and try to mind swing them into voting for them. Usually they get some free ANC shirts and caps and other little give away things. Don't worry free born, you will be important to them for those two months

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-01-28 15:18

    Did anybody out there watch a programme on SABC3 at about 8.15 am on Sunday because there was a young lady who laid into the ANC/Government far worse than the FND advert. she actually said that alll senior officials are totally incompetent and must be fired, while another one said that the Youth League should be for the Youth not for over 30 year olds. I wonder what the Goverment and the youth league will have to say about that

  • theboet - 2013-01-28 15:22

    Some wise old goat once said that for South Africa to progress into a country where one dosn't get judged by the colour of their skin but rather by their abilities all of the generation pre-1990 need to all die first as we are all beyond redemption. Judging by the racial diarrhoea that gets written daily in these pages, the old sod was right on the button.

      hugh.olphart - 2013-01-30 11:23

      Time for us to go then boet..

  • mark.singh.9889 - 2013-01-28 15:23

    "Last year he told parliament he was worried about black people "who become too clever" because they could become the sharpest critics of African tradition and culture." That explains why the ANC wants to continue with their crappy standard of education.

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-28 15:50

      You cant teach a nation and expect them not to see the truth. Educated people cant be told what to do

  • neiljvv - 2013-01-28 15:24

    Can't wait for next years elections. It's going to be interesting.

  • hasanibooysen.hlungwana - 2013-01-28 15:29

    Vote a party that will deliver than a party that keep on reminding you of their late achievement.. . Moving forward.. We can

  • MikeTheJew - 2013-01-28 15:30

    I cannot wait to be able to place that X next to the face of Helen Zille in the next General Election. The last GE happened when I was in grade 11. I hope many people who will be voting for the first time, including this year's matrics, will do the right thing and give the other party a chance to show the country how they will govern it. Remember, if you don't like what the DA actually does while in power, you can always vote them out.

  • Ntombenhlez - 2013-01-28 15:31

    For several times the media has failed to sabotage the ANC, I vote my party or I dont vote @ all....come 2014

      Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-28 15:53

      You are in the best position, if you don't vote then your vote will automatically go to the ruling party so vote, don't vote, it's going to the ANC - 2013-01-28 15:54

      And what has your party done for you that a good government for all the people shouldn't have done anyway?

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 16:27

      The ANC sabotages itself and everything else. Idiot

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-29 10:58

      // I vote my party or I dont vote @ all // Nobody is asking you to change your vote. You are being asked to make your party ACCOUNTABLE for the sorry state of the country. You are being asked to make your party RESPONSIBLE for the governance of this country. You are being asked to make your party LOYAL to her country and not to her pocket. You are being asked to ensure that your party is WORTHY of running the country. Right now, they fail on all counts.

  • george.frangs - 2013-01-28 15:36

    Because they're not blinded by all that struggle talk we keep hearing about!

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-29 10:59

      Or this "second transition" thing the ANCYL mentioned in response to the FNB advert.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-29 11:39

      yeah 2nd transition NDP National Destruction Plan................

      buti.thekiso.5 - 2013-01-29 13:29

      I wish de offsprings of de perpetrators nt 2 leave de legacy of BOTHA

      buti.thekiso.5 - 2013-01-29 13:29

      I wish de offsprings of de perpetrators nt 2 leave de legacy of BOTHA

  • anton.meiring.9 - 2013-01-28 15:42

    Maybe we can one day claim the THINK FREEs

  • gert_swart - 2013-01-28 15:47

    The will al vote for the ANC.

      nombuso.n.mtshali.1 - 2013-01-28 18:03

      Says who? Young people get frustated too. We know very well what's going on.

  • jacqui.grigg - 2013-01-28 15:49

    ...and this is EXACTLY WHY.....the government went after FNB and their youth campaign.

  • salack.mulweyi - 2013-01-28 15:50

    I call this, THE HOPE THAT VANISHED, feel for DA believers.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-28 16:28

      Just keep voting for crime, corruption, poverty poor education, its in your nature

      mark.a.fysh - 2013-01-28 18:47

      And in your future

      salack.mulweyi - 2013-01-29 09:58

      @Killbot and Rustic - All I can say is "TIME WILL TELL".

      talana.malherbe - 2013-01-29 10:59

      Salack, the day our hope for a better SA for all (including you) vanishes, that day will be the end of this beautiful country. The day we stop hoping and fight for a better life for all will never come. If we all think like you we can now just sit back and wait for SA to turn into Zimbabwe because that is exactly what will happen if we stop hoping and fighting. Don't vote DA, but at least don't vote according to blind loyalty.

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-29 11:00

      Time has already told. It's been told over the last 18 years. Where have you been?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-29 11:31

      Salack.mulweyi. Don't feel for DA believers. Feel for yourself, look what you are getting?. Been invited to Nkandla yet?.

      derek.francois.3 - 2013-01-29 11:40

      salack - I call this your brain that vanished...............mampara!

      salack.mulweyi - 2013-01-31 16:35

      @talana.malherbe - I don't play circus, voting for what? The same criminals who owns all political parties, whether you vote DA or ANC or any party you can think of, its still a white male who will be pulling the strings..............

      salack.mulweyi - 2013-01-31 16:42

      @derek.francois - that was a mampara shot, dream on about my brain than vanished, soon you see whose brain is vanished. @joe.soapie - been here, all I can see is a dream of a raimbow nation that is vanishing. @jacqui.daanevanrensburrg - I don't get to dine with inkandla criminals, disguised in black faces.

  • Gideon.Viljoen - 2013-01-28 15:54

    The born frees must also open a party, I will vote for them

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-29 11:01

      The "BFTF - Born Free - Think Free" - have my vote.

  • pierre.burger.315 - 2013-01-28 15:58

    This article is pure wishful thinking. As long as there is only one issue in South African politics, the ANC will remain dominant.

  • juan.coetzee.5283 - 2013-01-28 15:59

    There is nothing more gratifying than seeing my kids playing at school with kids of all races , creeds and religions. These are the people that will taking this country forward into the future and if these children ,be them of whatever color start voting out of results and actions of the party they want in power and not out of loyalty , be it placed or misplaced, then this country is headed in the right direction. It is not going to happen overnight and it will take at least a couple of generations to acheive. This country was never going to become the perfect place overnight. In 1994 everyone rejoiced at our first democratic election , but after that the really hard work began. This country will have two sets of hearoes , one is those that helped this country become a democracy and the second will be those people that took the road less travelled to try and make the country work and preserve it for future generations

      Silas Hlahla - 2013-01-28 20:21

      i respect the thoughts, wistom & nation building views of juane

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-29 11:36

      Juan.coetzee.5283. Before they moved the boy of the people who lived next door to us had bunches of playmates, white, coloured and black. I could watch them for hours. The way they played, laughing hilariously and just down right liking each other, warmed my heart every time. Wouldn't it be nice if adults could do the same?.

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-01-28 16:13

    Bornfrees will vote the Mamphela party so will I, DA Will not get my vote

      Joe - 2013-01-29 00:56

      It's the DA you know. Not the NATs. I think you are confusing your racism with politics. Just because the DA has a white leader does not make it the old apartheid regime.

      Joe - 2013-01-29 01:01

      But yes. I will read up on the party and if, unlike the ANC, it is progressive with a clear agenda to improve the lives of all South Africans then it may even get my vote.

      Joe - 2013-01-29 01:06

      Woah... This lady sounds spectacular! If she starts a party then it's going to be a tough choice for me between the DA and it.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-29 09:20

      you are a nobody after all

      joe.soapie.73 - 2013-01-29 11:04

      Tlotlo: Vote for whomever you wish; just make sure that the party you vote for is open and honest with a clear agenda and values to uplift the country and then acts upon that agenda and those values should they come to office. If they don't, you take your vote to another part until the RIGHT party wins.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-29 11:38

      Tlotlo.phele. Ignorance is bad, racist ignorance is a disaster.

  • tbmarcussen - 2013-01-28 16:20

    Viva to the youth

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2013-01-28 16:25

    The state has started brain-washing them by offering free education and make them dependent to the government so it'll be hard for them to be self-reliant once they're legible to vote!

  • llewellyn.arendse1 - 2013-01-28 16:29

    if only that school girl in the fnb ad with have said , the anc is the best and the anc is helping people or something along that lines. The anc would have given her lots of praises and even a sit with the ancyl. But because she told the true about what is really going on in this country she is being critiseiz.

  • shadrackmandle - 2013-01-28 16:33

    Sorry to remind U:There is no born free eeish in SA, inequality was never created by the ANC, it took whites 46yrs to damage this country we are giving ANC same amount to prove themselves, we are not in a hurry no one is dying, what already started must continue, turning a blind to positives shows the kind of thinking the author of this is doing, nt inspiring however, ANC yes they ll make mistakes bt give us something better than that then we will stop and take a note, criticising ANC wont score U votes unfortunately, that already proven in Mangaung with a land slide win by Zuma, and for yo info all those who voted are graduates who know exactly wht future hold for them, for yo info No one is born free from a gardener or maid, claim to be free bt what is freedom for U? Being friends with white? They are the offspring of Apartheid like it or not, ANC is hope and they have delivered where most failed, so yo argument is kinder tired, we are nt fazed!

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-29 09:21

      and it took ANC 18 years to destroy it even further

      buti.thekiso.5 - 2013-01-29 13:25

      N those offsprings hav carried legacy very well

  • stephan.butler.14 - 2013-01-28 16:35

    Last year he told parliament he was worried about black people who become too clever because they could become the sharpest critics of African tradition and culture. That explains why the ANC wants to continue with their crappy standard of education. Does that mean the ANC want the country's youth to be dumb and uneducated so that they can stay unimployed and stil live in poverty while goverment sped millions of rand on their own luxaries?

  • charles.kubhayi.3 - 2013-01-28 18:32

    I am not perturbed by the South African youth because most of them are clear in their minds that the ANC is the only organization that will bring about jobs. If you understood what those youth that did not vote last time, they stated clearly that they rather not vote than voting for another party, and that is after they were disappointed by the failure of the ANC to deliver. South African youth do not need promises but they want jobs and that is what the ANC is committed to do deliver urgently than waiting for elections.

      nombuso.n.mtshali.1 - 2013-01-28 22:30

      Hmmm... Another elder/adult doubting us. You should have look in Social Networks if you haven't already joined one. We also debate about Political,social and economic issues. You'd be surprised

      attie.tredoux - 2013-01-28 22:41

      and to destroy this country in the process

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-29 09:22

      Let me correct you, the ANC is supposed to be committed to deliver these jobs but they don't, they are actually losing more each year, but lets vote ANC because things will get better, in about 500 years maybe

      deon.vanrooyen.9 - 2013-01-29 18:09

      I'm an educator at a very good multi cultural school, all our learner excell no matter the colour,and don't think young african learner are puppets!!!!they are there to create a future for themselves,not to gain political favour because of there culture!!!! They can decide for themselves,its just sorry that intimadation plays a big role in the rural area.

  • julio.sanfona - 2013-01-28 18:59

    As much as I dislike the ANC government I dread the day when they lose votes. That's the day when we'll really see their ugly side.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-29 09:23

      If that happens they will never let go of power, they are just closeted dictators

  • mbuyiesibiya - 2013-01-28 19:57

    our children are amongst those so called bornfree,they are volunteers to the community and they will definitely vote for ANC come 2014 you will see,we are not going to be scared by you tactics,if FNB did not apologies we were going to withdrawn our banking with them and join other banks,their jobs is more about banking,they are not politicians.we will stand by our ANC.

      nombuso.n.mtshali.1 - 2013-01-28 22:23

      Haai let us decide who we want to vote for please. We have the freedom of choice. We vote for change not because of family or neighbours.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-29 09:24

      glad to see you are still blinded by your hatred towards white, just goes to show the quality of your character, and the ANC plays on that racial hatred. Democracy my a$$

  • george.pito - 2013-01-28 20:59

    My friend some people are called Afrikaners or Boere. They suffered so badly under the British. White Afrikaners were only allowed at the back door. Things changed and will keep on changing. Wjite Afrikaans speaking people worked hard to get on top of it and eventually did. Same with black South Africans. The problem is with South Africa people tend to vote for same as there parents. We need to get to a stage to forget the Zille and Zumas and vote for anybody that can make a diffrence. This will not last forever as politics are driven by weird motives. In principal if there is no opposition greedeness and power steps in. Study the Roman Empire, Hitler all the same story. The USA for example a very strong country and geus what they have 52 or more states which is actually independant littel countries. We do differ but that does not mean we cannot work together or live together. BEE apartheid quotas is not going to work. Athelets from very under developed countries do very good because they work so much harder to get something better. We dont need corruption and incompetence to rule this country as it makes even young blacks that worked so hard to get education, everything look like we got nowhere because we have a corrupt incomptent system. If you are Black or White we all know we have the skills to make it work. What I dont understand is how can a party win the vote whilst they are performing so bad.

  • wentzel.xander - 2013-01-28 21:43

    The most worrying thing though for me that all those supposedly ''more educated youth than in the past'' according to Zuma,is those that came through an education system that says 30% is an okay pass mark for all young educated hopefuls.

  • attie.tredoux - 2013-01-28 22:33

    Poor Zuma! He needs a castle for all his many wives and children.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-29 09:25

      And bunkers, those kids need to go to school

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2013-01-29 07:36

    Hate to throw cold water over the hopes of the "born-frees" NOT voting for the AC, but for opposition parties - even a few million "anti"-votes will NOT help to bring the ANC to a downfall. You can bet your bottom dollar on it that only ANC personnel will be counting votes without any opposition party members being allowed to supervise this process - SOOOO - the ANC will make damned sure that the results will be 'cooked' as was the case in 1994 when in actual fact the ANC did NOT get a majority through "free and fair" elections, but even the Sunday Times of the day showed how the votes were manipulated, in some cases inflated figures where the ANC scores were low - and even De Klerk admits that the 1994 vote was rigged. And as long as the ANC is in power, it will remain so through vote-rigging...

  • annieluvsmark - 2013-01-29 09:31

    My son is a bornfree and ANC will never get a vote from him. He was turned away from the university because first preference was BLACKS. It disheartened him.

  • michael.jackwood - 2013-01-29 10:01

    I have learnt not to believe anything that this site publish with regard to ANC, this organisation called ANC work in a way that media and analyst does not understand, and it looks like they are not ready to learn how ANC works, ANC is the congress of the people, it is bigger than the mear organisation, policies of the ANC are what makes it strong, as long as you have the poor and the working class, ANC will continue to rule because of its relevance to South Africa's challenges, the gap between the rich (white) an poor (blacks) is too big, i dont how a party like DA can solve this challenges, ONLY ANC CAN.

      lee.brand.73 - 2013-01-29 14:30

      We all understand how the ANC is run. Its pretty much the same as any large criminal syndicate. The guys at the top skim off the most money, guys in the middle get enough to keep them loyal and the guys at the bottom pay in. So it's mainly the working class that gets screwed and slowly they are starting to figure this out.

      lee.brand.73 - 2013-01-29 14:31

      We all understand how the ANC is run. Its pretty much the same as any large criminal syndicate. The guys at the top skim off the most money, guys in the middle get enough to keep them loyal and the guys at the bottom pay in. So it's mainly the working class that gets screwed and slowly they are starting to figure this out.

  • butch.poulter - 2013-01-29 10:13

    Huge unemployment because of rigid labour rules. As an owner of a small business, why should I hire if I cannot fire.

      buti.thekiso.5 - 2013-01-29 13:12

      Labour law was made 4 ignorant lyk u all u cn c is fire

      buti.thekiso.5 - 2013-01-29 13:15

      Go 2de nearest labour dept u seem 2 suffer 4rm apartheid slavery fever u thnk u knw labour.hahahahahahahahahahahaahahaha

  • talana.malherbe - 2013-01-29 11:05

    It such a pity how few current ANC voters really do not know how the DA was shunned upon and hated during the apartheid years by the apartheid government. The DA organized rallies and challenged the apartheid government time and time again because it was fighting against apartheid. Such a pity that so many people are still misinformed and confuse racisim with politics. Because the DA has a white leader it is seen as a white party.

      salack.mulweyi - 2013-02-01 09:04

      talana.malherbe come on, DA was shunned and hated by apartheid government, where did this happen tell us, inform us since you seem to be very informed about the DA. DA was formed like yesterday when NP played their trick called dissolving, and some of them went in their front party ANC and some formed DA, which DA and ANC has got similar brains and DNA operating in them, resulting in a worse condition for blacks unfortunately. And how can you fight your bread and butter (DA fighting separate development, never, never will be, they were playing monopoly if that ever happened.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-01-29 11:17

    I am hoping, and I am positive about the 'born free' young people. They may still save this country from doom.

      buti.thekiso.5 - 2013-01-29 13:10

      Dey myt giv it back 2de VLAAKPLAAS

      salack.mulweyi - 2013-02-01 09:11

      BORN FREES,they are doomed themselves and worse if they are BBF (BLACK BORN FREES) because a worse kind of slavery which was never seen nor experienced by their parents is fast strangling on them, it's called the game of ECONOMICS, where their heritage is DEBTS, COURTESY OF ANC their blind choice.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2013-01-29 12:21

    The born frees will also read about the past and also watch the videos of what was happening then. They will then decide who they want in power. At the moment ANC is still the most voted party in South Africa. We know the media is pro DA. The negative reporting will continue to oveshadow every other opportunity to build the nation.

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-01-30 09:18

    Its Very simple, vote DA and make the positive change SA needs.

  • sally.lewitt - 2013-01-30 09:19

    Its time to uncover SA, vote DA and be apart of the positive new change SA needs and wants :)

  • Spartacus - 2013-11-09 08:59

    Last year Zuma told parliament he was worried about black people "who become too clever" (LOL LOL exactly the same reason the Nats suppressed Black education) because they could become the sharpest critics of African tradition and culture. How ironic that the Power has changed but the ideology is still the same giving clarity to the saying that "the more things change the more they stay the same"

  • Khotso Mokhethi - 2013-11-09 13:52

    Zuma is not thiking clear shame

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